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Man of Steel | 2013 | PG-13 | - 3.6.3

According to this version based on the character created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster in 1938 Superman (Henry Cavill) wanders the country, working odd jobs and occasionally saving people. Journalist Lois Lane (Amy Adams) is trying to track him down and eventually another Kryptonian, General Zod (Michael Shannon) and Superman fight each other using superpowers for extended periods of time. Also with Diane Lane, Russell Crowe, Harry Lennix, Richard Schiff, Christopher Meloni, Kevin Costner, Ayelet Zurer and Laurence Fishburne. Directed by Zack Snyder. [2:23]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - We see a nude boy infant and his genitals are visible in a few scenes. A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage in a few scenes. A man is shown bare-chested in several scenes and we see him with torn pants in one scene. A woman wears a blouse that is unbuttoned low and reveals cleavage. Men wear form-fitting suits in several scenes. A woman wears a form-fitting suit in several scenes.
 A woman moans and screams in childbirth and her husband places his hands between her legs (we see her bare knees and lower thighs) and withdraws the infant (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details).
 A woman caresses a man's face and they kiss. A man and a woman hold hands and gaze into each other's eyes. A man and a woman hug. A man in a bar touches a woman's clothed buttocks (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details).
 A woman says of a man, "He's kinda hot."


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VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A woman watches as a planet collapses and a wall of flames engulfs her.
 Two aliens fight with punches and kicks, one cuts the other and we see a bloody wound on his face, one falls to the ground after being punched and one is stabbed in the abdomen (we hear a metal sound and a squish before he falls to the ground dead). An alien fights with several others with guns, and he retrieves a gun and shoots one alien who falls dead (no blood). Aliens with guns shoot their way into a room and shoot two guards; they argue and threaten the others in the room and one is shot (she disintegrates when struck).
 A huge tornado cloud forms and people on a road leave their cars and run for cover under an overpass; we see cars being lifted off the ground and blown into the funnel when a man returns to his car to retrieve his dog and is swept away in the winds to his death (we do not see the aftermath) as his adult son watches and screams.
 A man fight with an alien, the alien uses his laser eyes to threaten a family pinned against a wall and the man breaks the neck of the alien (we hear a crunch); we do not see what happened to the family and it is unclear whether they lived or died.
 A woman shoots several alien guards (no blood is evident); she fights with one alien guard before closing herself in a pod and launching herself toward Earth (we see her scream); the pod catches fire and plunges toward the ground, and then breaks apart and the woman is caught before hitting the ground.
 Several aliens are coated with a liquid (we see it climbing up their bodies and covering their faces and heads as they moan and writhe) and placed in capsules where they are imprisoned.
 Huge metallic tentacles shoot out of an alien flying vessel and other flying ships fire at it; they lose control and crash into buildings and buildings crash to the ground as people on the ground run screaming for cover. Several alien flying vessels shoot at each other in flight; an alien mounts a flying creature and swoops through the firefight unharmed. An alien flies on the back of a winged creature dodging flying vessel as they shoot at him; the winged creature is wounded by a spear (we see it sticking out of a bloody spot on its side) and crash-lands. Flying vessels fire on the entrance to a structure, and armed aliens enter the structure and threaten those inside. Flying vessels chase and fire at another vessel that was launched into space; they are intercepted by other vessels and forced to stand down. A vessel carrying an alien infant breaks through Earth's atmosphere and crashes to the ground.
 Military flying ships open fire on aliens on the ground; one alien leaps off the ground and onto a plane, breaks the window and the plane crashes to the ground; another alien leaps toward another plane and is intercepted by a man and they crash into a crowded restaurant where they fight.
 A man is thrown out of the back of a plane and presumably falls to his death. A woman falls out of the plane and is caught before hitting the ground.
 A school bus tire blows and the bus crashes over a bridge and into the water below; we see the bus driver unconscious and the children struggling to breathe until the bus is pushed out of the water and to safety (one girl is shown with a bloody cut on her forehead); a boy jumps into the water and pulls out another boy saving him from drowning.
 An alien steals what looks like a charred human skull and swims away with it; a security vehicle stops him and shoots at him and he falls off a cliff; he is caught by a flying creature before crashing into a rock wall.
 A man and an alien fight with heavy punches and kicks: they throw each other through the air and crash into buildings, cars, through a silo, through a gas station that explodes (causing major destruction) and wreak havoc in several extended fight scenes. A man and an alien fight, helicopters open fire on them and one leaps onto a helicopter that spins out of control and one of the occupants is thrown out (he is rescued before crashing to the ground) before the helicopter hits the ground (we see an occupant unconscious and another seems injured but no blood is evident). During a fight an alien is thrown into a train car that explodes; a train car is thrown through the air and it crashes through a storefront, and a plane crashes on a street and flames burst out of the wreckage.
 A woman is grabbed by a hovering device and thrown hard into a rock wall; a man wrestles with the device and destroys it, and then moves toward the woman who struggles to get away; the man sees that she has a bloody wound on her abdomen and cauterizes it with his laser eyes (we hear her scream). An alien questions a woman and she refuses to talk; another alien picks the woman up by the throat and throws her and another alien throws the truck into the woman's house.
 We see an oil rig in flames and a man, engulfed in flames himself but uninjured, rescues several other men on the rig; as a rescue helicopter lifts off from the rig, the man braces steel girders that are collapsing and is pushed into the ocean when they fall on top of him (we see him floating motionless in the water, but is OK Later).
 A man is thrown into a satellite and destroys it. A man flies into the center of a huge machine and it breaks apart and falls to the ground.
 A huge alien machine begins pounding at the surface of the Earth and reversing the gravitational pull causing cars to be thrown through the air and waves of dust and debris to be thrown; we see people running and screaming and we see massive destruction. We see a destroyed planet's surface with dead bodies strewn around (they are decayed skeletons) and a man sinks into a pile of human skulls; he screams as he is submerged.
 A man is caught in the huge metallic tentacles of an alien ship and thrown into a beam of light that appears to weaken him. A man falls to his knees, coughing and struggling to breathe; he spits blood and thrashes, and then falls still (we see him OK later). A man is restrained on a table and an alien draws blood from his arm (we see the needle pierce his suit and arm and we see blood in a vial). A woman lies motionless on the ground (she is not dead).
 A man finds a vessel under the ocean and buried in ancient ice; he walks through the vessel and a hovering device moves toward him, the device shoots at him and he dodges it, then grabs him with a metallic tentacle, he struggles to free himself and hits it.
 An alien flying vessel approaches an area where a large contingent of armed military vehicles stand ready; armed aliens come off the ship and order a man and a woman to join them.
 The power goes out in a house and an office building as the words "You are not alone" flash on TV screens and monitors followed by a man's voice calling for people to turn a man over to him.
 An alien woman moans and screams in childbirth and when the child is delivered (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details) we see some slime and a bit of blood. A woman is trapped under rubble and two men try to free her (everyone survives). A woman runs from FBI agents until she is cut off and handcuffed.
 A man flies at high-speed through mountains, across water and high into the air in several scenes. A man leaps into the air and flies at high speeds, then crashes back down to the ground and through a mountain peak (he is unharmed).
 An alien swims through an underwater field of fetuses in sacks attached to stalks and we see what looks like a bony hand pluck one infant off and take it away. An alien infant is placed in a vessel that closes around him and is launched into space. A hovering device transforms to show the image of a fetus at childbirth. An alien woman places a breathing device on another woman's neck and is encases her head so that she can breathe.
 A man touches a woman's clothed buttocks; she slaps his hand away and yells at him until another man intervenes and the first man threatens him, pours a beer over his head and throws a can at his back as he walks away. An alien yells at several others in a room and lunges toward a female alien while threatening her and her child. Several aliens argue about the state of a planet and whether it will collapse; they discuss evacuation of the planet. A man and his son argue.
 The ground rumbles and shakes as a huge vessel lifts out of the ocean and flies away at high speed (people watch in awe). A man leaves a bar and finds his truck hanging from the wood timbers he was transporting.
 A teen boy shoves another teen boy into a fence and bullies him; the boy later says, "I wanted to hit him so bad." A teen boy mocks and bullies another teen boy. Young boys and girls tease another boy and call him names.
 We see a man with glowing red eyes in a couple of scenes (the veins under his skin show through the redden flesh as they glow). A young boy's eyes glow red as he heats up a door knob that a woman touches on the other side of the door and we hear a sizzle when her hand is burned. A young boy panics when he can hear everything going on around him and sees through the flesh of people to muscle and skeleton; he can see the heart of his teacher beating in her chest and he runs out of the classroom and locks himself in a closet until his mother arrives and talks him out it.
 An alien threatens to "Harvest from his corpse... and re-build atop his bones." A woman asks a man who is showing her quarters for the night, "What if I have to tinkle?" and he replies "There's a bucket in the corner."
 A man steals clothing from the open trunk of a car. A woman walks along a narrow icy path on a cliff and into a cave following a man.


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LANGUAGE 3 - A man asks another man "Are you effing stupid?," 1 scatological term, 6 anatomical terms, 7 mild obscenities, name-calling (monster, outcast, freak, fools, dumb, greenhorn, creeping cancer of falsehoods, idiot, ghost, cipher), 2 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - People in a bar drink beer, people drink alcohol in a bar, a woman drinks a shot of liquor, and a man drinks a beer.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Terra-forming, alien life, principles, natural birth, super heroes, heresy, murder, treason, secrets, artificial population control, military coup, fate, hope, morality, evolution, trust, fear of the unknown.

MESSAGE - Growing up a super-hero is not easy.

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